June 2015 archive

Strength, Courage, and Peace in the Face of Loss

Psalm 29, verse 11, has always been special to me.  “Adonai oz l’amo yiten, Adonai yivarech et amo b’shalom- Adonai will give strength to the people, Adonai will bless the people with peace.”  As a Soldier, this verse appealed to me in terms of national security strategy.  I understood that peace must be founded on …

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What Makes Life Meaningful?

    I wanted to share with you a few lines from an article in the Arizona Republic Jobs section on May 10th[1] entitled, “Without Meaning, Work is a Chore.” Angelo Kinicki writes that, “People are happier, healthier and more productive when they are doing “meaningful” work. . . We believe that something is more …

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Hashkivenu- Awaken Us To Life

When David was so sick, this was the prayer that made me leave the sanctuary in tears. Hashkivenu l’shalom- Holy God-lay us down in peace; v’Ha-a-mee-denu l’chayim- stand us up in the morning, alive. The simplest blessing that we simply take for granted. The most profound blessing. The only prayer we really need, for, without …

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